In a study published by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons in 2012, researchers from the Orthopedic Research Institute in Kogarah, Australia, found that large rotator cuff repairs retore at a rate of between 20-90% depending upon the initial size of the rotator cuff tear.
If you are 60 years of age or older, your outcomes are even worse. Arthroscopic shoulder surgery is the most common type of shoulder surgery performed, due to the fact that it is less invasive than open shoulder surgery. However, this study shows that in patient’s aged 60 or older, 1 in 3 patients did not heal their rotator cuff injuries following the surgery.
To make matters worse, this study shows that structural damage seen on MRI does not correlate with a patient’s perception of pain. This is to say that just because you see a tear in your rotator cuff on MRI, the size of the tear is not consistent with the amount of pain that a person experiences. Instead, it is the amount of Interleukin-8 (an inflammatory cytokine) that is present that determines a person’s pain levels. This is the reason that many doctors recommend anti-inflammatory medications or cortisone injections as this can greatly reduce your interleukin-8 inflammation and decrease your pain.
Listed below are several other common, and perhaps unnecessary, shoulder surgeries:
- Shoulder Impingement Syndrome – This occurs when tendons of your rotator cuff muscle become intermittently trapped and compressed during movement which leads to progressive damage to the tendons and bursa causing tendonitis and bursitis.
- SLAP tears (Labrum tears) – This involves an injury to the rim of cartilage that surrounds the shoulder socket.
- Frozen Shoulder– When the capsule that surrounds the shoulder joint becomes tight and contracted, you lose significant range of motion with the shoulder and are diagnosed with frozen shoulder. This typically occurs as a result of nerve irritation and can commonly be corrected with chiropractic care and/or other modalities like ultrasound or Low Level Laser therapy.
- Shoulder Dislocations – This is self-explanatory, however occurs when the ball of the shoulder joint comes out of the socket. This is typical where there is ligament laxity and instability of the shoulder joint.
I have been studying stem cell therapy and patient outcomes for the past several years and am excited to be able to refer patients to Charlotte Stem Cell for consultations to see if this therapy may be an appropriate alternative to surgery. It is important to remember that surgery should ALWAYS be a LAST RESORT. You can NEVER undo the damage that surgery causes or may cause.
At Stanly Wellness Center, we are eager and ready to help you and your families achieve your best health possible. If you are looking for help with your health or you know of someone who is suffering with poor health, call the office of Stanly Wellness Center at 980-355-7600 and schedule a FREE 15-minute consultation with Dr. Patrick Ess to see how he can help. Dr. Ess will not waste your time or money. He will let you know if he can help you, and if he can’t, who in the community can.
Our office specializes in nutrition, detoxification and neurological correction. You can also refer to our website at www.AskDrPatrick.com for more information. We accept most major health insurances including BCBS, Aetna, Humana, UHC, Medicaid and Medicare.
Stanly Wellness Center is located right on Main St (24/27) in Locust and is situated across the street from the big blue Locust Monument building.